Jamal Bryant & Minister Farrakhan

Ever since Jamal Bryant, pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME Church, interviewed the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the Word Network television show, he has received praise from those working to unify around the needs of Black and oppressed people; however, the interview also brought harsh criticisms from some conservative Christian leaders who felt it was un-Christian-like for Bryant to share the spotlight with the charismatic Muslim leader.

What’s wrong with this? Well, apparently some Church leaders and network executives feel it’s wrong for Muslims and Christians to dialogue, especially when it comes to helping Black people. This seems to be the case as some came down on Jamal Bryant’s ongoing work with Minister Farrakhan to promote justice for a suffering people.

Bishop George Bloomer, host of “Rejoice In the Word,” questioned Bryant’s relationship with the Minister fearing that he “might lose a brother” after Bryant interviewed the Islamic leader on a Christian television show. “That’s the indictment! That’s my sin—talking to the man!” responded the unapologetic Bryant, despite being victimized for Farrakhan’s namesake.

Jamal Bryant & Bishop BloomerThe backlash continued as Bryant was recently banned by Daystar Christian Network who sent him a letter with this message:

"We are writing to cancel Dr. Bryant from being on our program. At this time we do not feel comfortable with his comments speaking about Dr. Ben Carson nor are we comfortable with his association with Louis Farrakhan. We are a channel about reconciliation and not division. We apologize for any inconvenience. Sincerely, Jennifer Gardner"

Bryant is said to have responded to the hypocrisy of Daystar Christian Network arguing that they have not rebuked any of the Christian evangelicals who “affirmed and prayed for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, even though Donald Trump is inarguably divisive and has made cruel remarks about Women, Asians, Japanese, Blacks, Hispanics, and others.” 

So what did Farrakhan do or say that was wrong or untrue that a Christian network feels “uncomfortable” with this relationship? Was it because he enlightened the audience about the Christmas tree as a pagan practice? Was it un-Christian of Farrakhan to quote the Bible that warns Christians not to participate in such heathen activities (Jeremiah 10:1-5)? Maybe they’re upset because he exposed what many Church leaders have known, but withheld from their parishioners.

Are they mad that Christians are uniting with Muslims to put Jesus back in Christmas and kick out Satan—I mean Santa? Every true believer in Christ would do as Jamal Bryant is doing—stand with his brother and friend, Minister Louis Farrakhan to honor Jesus this season! During the Word Network interview, the Minister voiced, “Don’t make the wicked (who don’t even believe in Jesus) happy by spending your hard earned dollars with those who hated Jesus!” What true believer in Christ would not honor this—the same principle that Dr. Martin Luther King initiated before his untimely death?

Pastor Bryant and Minister Farrakhan understand the words of Jesus who said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16).

It appears Pastor Bryant is wise enough to recognize that the greatness of Jesus’ work is not limited to a specific denominational congregation. After all, Jesus never built a physical church because his work extended into the highways and byways, which is where Pastor Bryant met Muslims amidst the aftermath of the Baltimore uprisings. What God-fearing person would lambaste a man for exemplifying the work of Jesus to deliver God’s people from the vices of Satan’s traps?

Pastor Bryant and Minister Farrakhan didn’t come together for politically opportunistic reasons; instead, they were drawn together because of their love for God’s people after the wrongful death of Freddie Gray resulting in the Baltimore protests. Pastor Bryant and Muslims in the Nation Of Islam (NOI) were in the streets standing for our people doing the work of Jesus. That’s how they united—doing Christ’s work while their critics watched on television.

Pastor Bryant’s work to help save his people and stand with his brother, Minister Farrakhan, should serve as a model for all Christians who really believe in Christ, not just talk about him, proving what the scripture says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). When Christians target a man for doing the work of Christ, that’s a clear sign that some are gravely deceiving themselves, especially when they aren’t doing the same work.

The Bloods and the Crips can come together, but the Christians and the Muslims can’t. How in the world can the gangs get together and try to, in fact, bring a better city, but people of two different faiths can’t come together?” Bryant questioned. What has Daystar Christian Network done in this regard? Are these so-called Christian leaders expecting Black Christians and Muslims not to talk to one another while our people are dying daily?

 Bloods, Crips, & FOI in Baltimore

This powerful Christ-based relationship between Muslims and Christians is not about “converting” anyone to another faith as some like Bishop Bloomer feared; instead, it’s about whether or not Christians actually follow the Christ they claim to believe in. “Don’t tell anybody you’re a Christian and you’re not Christ-like!” Minister Farrakhan exclaimed during the interview on the Christian network.

After decades of being the litmus test of black consciousness, Minister Farrakhan already knew that those who oppose our liberation would come against Jamal Bryant for standing with him to unify the people for justice. “They were giving him [Bryant] hell for even inviting me on his show as a great Christian pastor. That’s because you [detractors] hated me before you knew me,” the Minister explained. Pastor Bryant was equally aware of the consequences noting, “Arsenio Hall was taken off late night television for the lead show in America for bringing Farrakhan on.” These are the consequences for dialoguing with a man whom the white power structure fears—much the same way that many were afraid to speak publicly of Jesus for fear of the Jewish leaders (John 7:13).

Unlike the cowardly leaders who were afraid to speak favorably about a good man, Jamal Bryant publicly expressed his love for Minister Farrakhan in these words: “I’m so appreciative to be able to mark in history that I lived in the same chasm of time of one of the greatest leaders of our people. Never in the history of this nation have one million people ever gathered, except at your call.”

This mistreatment of Jamal Bryant has exposed the true interests of some so-called Christian leaders. It shows that their concern has very little to do with the true work of uplifting of God’s people, but rather concentrating on nominal labels that amount to nothing but divisiveness.

As co-convener of the historic Justice Or Else gathering on the National Mall on 10-10-15, Pastor Bryant stood with Muslims while boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ as the way to salvation before countless millions of viewers in these words, “I came to speak the name of the man that matters! His name is Jesus Christ, and he was wounded for our transgressions!” What Christians would be upset with him for evangelizing the way of Christ before the entire world unless they have un-Christian-like motives?

If we really understand Christ and his way, there would be no need to criticize Jamal Bryant’s relationship with Minister Farrakhan. Bryant chose to walk the way of Christ; when will other pastors of the Gospel follow suit? 

Pastor Bryant & Minister Farrakhan - The Word Network

 

 

Comments

November 13, 2015 @01:32 am
Time for Newlife Movement in The USA
Bendrick Foster
October 30, 2015 @03:28 am
They are not interested in Dr. Bryant's relationship with The Minister they are afraid of the power shown when both sides united and brought all those people under one roof. Day Star is no BIG deal>>>>>persecution will come>>>>count it all joy>ALL GOD WANT YOU TO DO IS DO "HIS" WILL>>>Not the will of a man or an organization that is more than likely undercover FAKE CHRISTIANS>>REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE! (SURAH 13 vs. 32) The mockery of God's messengers is an old game of the world. But God's truth will come to pass in it's own good time. The Messenger's of GOD take their due share in the life Of the world; They win through GOD'S grace against "ALL" plots of the world. Mocked were many Messengers before thee,( Dr. Bryant) but GOD granted respite to the unbelievers then how (terrible) was GOD'S punishment>>>B BLESSED>>>>
Dee Mende
October 29, 2015 @07:34 am
I pray that Pastor Jamal stay strong under the pressure oof satan. I wonder if we are really with Jesus when we want to focus on if he is the son or God when our people are dying daily. Based off of action and lack there of....who is really with Christ.
Kobie Muhammad
October 27, 2015 @07:29 pm
Bro. Jamal Bryant It's Our Time and you Know What Must Be Done. I love you sir and we got your back.
Kenneth Muhammad
October 27, 2015 @07:07 pm
Brother Jamal, Continue to follow your heart. The 6th book of Luke states in verses 22 and 23: 22: Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23: Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
James Muhammad
October 27, 2015 @05:09 pm
Brother follow your heart and continue to believe in what God has brought together let no man or woman separate. The fight with Jesus to save our people from the oppressors. Continue your duties assigned to you by God by any means necessary. Follow your heart for our farther in heaven will guide you in the direction in witch he need you to go. Hear not the negative and focus on your mission and true believers will follow. The truth will set you free and give more power than to oppressors. Remember you have to have fath a muster seed to get in this battle.
ephraim holmes
October 27, 2015 @05:01 pm
I support Bro. Jamal for his voice.. And stand with the NOI for its actions to help the black race.. One for all.. When you both call I will be there.
FTurner
October 27, 2015 @03:11 pm
What hope is Dr.Bryant giving the people, is it that God and Alah is the same. If Mr. Farakan don't believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God then we don't have nothing spiritual in common. Further more I do believe in helping a people that has is being miss treated, but not come together with with Muslims and call them brothers because we don't have the same father. Alah has no son but our God does have a son who's name is Jesus.
Ran washington
October 26, 2015 @08:39 pm
Well this is the f ullfillment of the word of god that some would be hated because of a certain mans name.Pastor Jamal God is with you and The Minister so the whole world can bring it on and the truth will smite them all
Abidan Muhammad
October 26, 2015 @08:09 pm
Want to let Dr. Jamal know that he has done nothing wrong for doing the work of Christ. Jesus mission was to teach all about the Father, not just those that already knew and believe as he does. Don't let the devil make you fall from grace by with drawing his fame and fortune. Love you Bro. Jamal.
Manu
October 26, 2015 @05:22 pm
Boycott Daystar...
Edwin

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